EDITORIAL: It’s time for new, active leadership for Malheur County

Malheur County has made precious few gains in the past decade in ways that make life better for all of its people. Local voters can’t expect that to change unless they decide to make changes in the Malheur County Court. They should vote to do so.

In the past decade, Malheur County has largely been stuck in neutral. Its population is about the same today as it was in 2010, while other parts of Oregon and across the border in Idaho boom. Housing is and remains in short supply.

As a county, we have retained the highest poverty rate in Oregon. About one in five of our residents have incomes that leave them impoverished. Worse yet, Malheur County has among the worst rates of poverty among children in any county in Oregon. In the modern era, that is shameful.

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